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3 July 2012 | PR 12/123
Loughborough Paralympian set to appear at University meet
Loughborough University discus star Dan Greaves is looking to compete at the University’s Loughborough European Athletics Permit meet (LEAP) on Saturday in preparation for his bid to win gold at the London 2012 Paralympics.
LEAP is one of three warm-up events Dan is scheduled to compete in before the Paralympics which run from August 29 to September 9.
He is the third big name British athlete to confirm he will compete at the meeting, which is set to attract 300-400 athletes. Jessica Ennis, the golden girl of British athletics, and fellow heptathlete Louise Hazel are also taking part.
Dan, 29, won gold at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens and bronze four years later in Beijing where gold went to his great rival Jeremy Campbell, from America.
Dan, who is from Anstey, said: “Each year LEAP is a world class opportunity for English athletes to compete at Loughborough.
“It’s a great event and Jessica Ennis is competing this year, so it’s a high level event.
“I have supported LEAP for a few years being a student here, and it’s always good because you get such high class athletes.
“Hopefully, I’ll compete at LEAP on Saturday and then there’s the Birmingham games on Sunday and there is a throw-fest in August, which will be our final prep comp when we hope to be almost in personal best shape.
“LEAP is such a high level competition so to get that in early before the Paralympics will be a good indication of where you are, and you can also get the nervous energy going.
“I’m up for any big competition beforehand and LEAP ticks all the boxes. Fingers crossed the weather is all right and we get some people down to watch some high level athletes.”
The University expects many athletes from across Europe to compete, and there could be others from the American, Australian and Jamaican Olympic teams who are all based in the UK.
There are 1,500 tickets available and cost £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £20 for a family ticket (two adults and two children). Tickets for staff and students cost £5. Gates open at 12 noon and the first event is at 1pm.
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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching and strong links with industry.
Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.
Loughborough has been selected by the British Olympic Association as the Official Preparation Camp Headquarters for Team GB prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games. The University has also signed a partnership with the Japanese Olympic Committee that will see both organisations working together until the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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